For my dear friend in Japan

Patchwork Basics - potholder. March 23 @ 6pm
There are so many things we have no control over despite all our attempts. Earthquakes and tsunamis being in the top ten uncontrollables. And then exploding nuclear plants releasing radiation. These disasters have weighed heavy on my heart and I have been struggling to make sense of the world. 500,000 people have been displaced – that’s twice as many as were affected by Hurricane Katrina, and twice as many as were affected in the Kobe earthquake 15 years ago. I'm grateful to be safe in Cambridge sewing a patchwork pot holder. <PREVIEWEND>

One of my oldest and dearest friends lives and works in Tokyo. Kazuko and I were roommates while in graduate school, both pursuing our MFA's in Costume Design and Construction. She was by far the better draper and tailor. She also rendered fabric with an ease that I would not achieve until my third year in school. She worked for a number of years in the States after we graduated at a number of wonderful theatres. Unfortunately, Kazuko would later return to Japan to help care for an ailing family member and not follow the path of a costume designer.

The morning of the earthquake I first checked Facebook to see if she was posting. She's very on top of the social media and I knew if she could she would let us know her status. I was relieved to find her updating frequently about her location, her colleagues, and her attempts to get home to her family. Twelve hours later she would finally make it home to find her mother, sister and nephew safe. They were fortunate enough to have power and food.

She is still posting about the aftershocks. She recently posted that she wishes the government would be clear about what can be done with the nuclear plants. There seems to be no clear message about their danger or any clear solution. There are rolling blackouts. But the explosions and evacuations are making her nervous. I can't even imagine what this must be like. The biggest natural disaster I have ever experienced was a tornado and it missed us by a couple miles.

I am lucky that my friends and colleagues in Japan all are accounted for. Safe and sound. I know that many are not. And I know that it isn't over yet. That there are many unknowns, rescue efforts continue and volunteers are attempting to repair the nuclear plant with radiation levels rising. It's difficult to focus on making pot holders when my thoughts are with the people of Japan.

Gather Here is a very small business but we know we can make a difference. When you buy any of the Japanese fabrics in our shop, we'll donate 25% of your purchase to the Red Cross. If you love Echino, Kokka, Heather Ross's Far Far Away, Kiyohara, and so much more, please stock up now. We've grouped our Japanese fabrics right under the window. If you've been meaning to drop in and visit the store, there couldn't be a better time. And if you are like me and need to make something to help bring some order to the chaos of events, why not make it using Japanese linen/cotton blends?

Thank you to those of you that purchased fabric this past weekend, we were able to donate $100 but we hope to donate so much more. And we can't do it without you. This sale will be going on until the end of March. May things settle down by then...

Peace be with you and yours,
Virginia (owner/crafter/dreamer)

gather here's blog chronicling the opening of our stitch lounge, experiments in craftiness, and all things fiber.


movies skinny tie Happy Owl Glassworks doublegauze socks Margravine fashion Lush Beads Addi Briar Rose Rhinofluff Dirty Water DyeWorks Etsy addi rockets Acadia 10-ply Christina Kosinski Joplin Missouri Swans Island American Made War of the Worlds Daisy Janie deer and doe K'Obrien Jewelry Heather Lins flickr we are family Movember socktober panda triplets Gemstone Geometry Calendar patchwork Raffle Marathon Monday What We're Making stitching knits Abby Berkson Ceramics fiber trunk show quilting bee Roku Hat kid president tutorial team gather here Mimi Kirchner Guest Artist NJStacie Made Japan help Red Cross Donation Sweet Lydia's community bmqg Boston Strong Red Sox Maritza Soto tiny mochi mochi The Orange Owl American Hustle service Moda Mike Burke zine Cat Dress Juniper Moon Farm Kitty Kitty Craft Pansy Maiden livingsocial guest post to boston with love birch fabrics trunk show brill The Forger linen core holiday party Cloud 9 solutions at work Harriet Goodall charley harper Marissa Falco handcrafted Heather Ross alegria Donate Events Fluoro documentary boston modern quilt guild Basket Weaving donations Quilt for Japan City by the Sea Ceramics The Uniun bernina serger New Leaf Eat Boutique Vendor Feature knitting Handmade Holiday Show Memorial 5K Run and Fun Walk for Megan Lally to benefit Metastatic Breast Cancer quilting Future Debbie Bliss bias tape maker seam ripper kids sewing The Little Hop Shop overlock bootees Migration Goods DPN Liberty Tana Lawn In the News Kickstarter constellations Present Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Red Cross, Disaster Relief pom pom quarterly Enting Fibercraft Boston aaron bouvier Summer Camp Needle and Spatula Quilt-A-Long Boston General Store Sale inspiration mfa Toil and Trouble craft show giveaway hierro Jenean Morrison Event Love Pigeons Annex Emily Chionchio semi-annual MB by brigid Susan Gibbs costumes Red Gate Stitchery Catnap cat toys opening panda studio Betz White 12 days of Constellations props Academy Awards Manos Maxima ignite craft Boston pottery introductions Oscars workshop flickr pool, Ravelry group, thank you crochet Fiber Camp Sara Honeywell Studio MME Made in Lowell Carrie Adams 12 days of Making RIPD Cynthia Treen double gauze Prizes Kim O'Brien Lizzy House sidewalk sale Architextures saartje reservations Susan Wilson embroidery Noah Dubreuil manos KnittinK Classes party Megan Nielsen Pints n Purls make something Zooguu Chase appliqué Ryan Johnson video seed stitch cowl, magnum Indiegogo Liz Smith embroidery pattern Andover Fabrics team gh Something's Hiding in Here Eling Chang Merchant and Mills carla goodwin silt grey Past jersey The Merriweather Council charity yarn The Annex Craft Party emma fritschel handmade fashion week Kids double pointed needles Monta Lertpachin team work handmade holiday Basketry thread follower Egg-a-go-go Superstorm Sandy Squam Fleur de Fiber washi Virginia Johnson Shortcake Scraps Community Catreach sewing machine repair One Fund Boston disaster relief sewing machine Rident Loomination Sarah Coyne handkerchief handmade Fashion Camp Union Square cynthia rowley Good Stuff 5K Thank You one heart boston Pearl Bracelet quilts for boston Spun Monkey Crafty Cocktails hanky The Spun Monkey 2014 Holiday Market plantain By Hand kids craft camp grant Mission: Small Business special guest 15 Strawberry Lane Feelings SewMaryAnn Eling Chen Bama Bound Quilts
Gather Here